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Tesla in talks to test self-driving trucks in Nevada

Posted at 10:26 PM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-10 14:34:10-04

Those big rigs you see on the road may soon be driving themselves and Tesla may be looking to test them right here in Nevada. 

The Department of Motor Vehicles said it is already in talks with the automaker, but there's still a lot to be done before the trucks hit the road.  

Technology would allow several trucks to self drive at a constant speed and near each other. The Nevada DMV confirms officials met with Tesla, but said the company has not filed an application to get a testing license. 

Drivers 13 Action News spoke to said while it sounds more efficient, they don't think it will be safer. They said trucking is filled with judgment calls that only a person can make. 

Ed Bodney said he's not convinced it's a good idea. 

"The computer is only as good as the programmer," he said.  "And unless that programmer is actually a truck driver and then you will have a lot of accidents."

David Luja-King agreed.
"I think they are a dangerous idea," he said. "And I think they might end up costing a lot of drivers their livelihood also."
The DMV said once an application is submitted. it typically takes two to three weeks to be approved. In the paperwork, Tesla would have to explain to the DMV how they have tested the truck and safety measures.